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Top Travel Destinations for Music Lovers

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog

Most of us love to travel, and in the 21st century it has become easier than ever to plan out a trip. A quick look on Instagram or the forums on tripadvisor is often enough to get our wanderlust going. Where we choose to go on our vacations, whether in the same country or abroad, is so often based upon our interests in life. Planning the vacation of a lifetime is going to probably have some consideration for the things you are passionate about, whether that means cuisine, sports or in this case, music.

You don’t have to be a musician to understand the rich and amazing history music has around the globe. Music cultures have developed separately all over the world from the Jazz clubs of America to the Heavy Metal scene in Scandinavia. Certain locations have become synonymous with the industry.

Liverpool, England – So much of the popular music today can be traced back to one band who changed everything; The Beatles. People flock to their famous home, Liverpool, to see the museums and numerous tributes to the fab four including Strawberry Fields playing field and the Cavern Club. Liverpool’s music scene is still thriving today and there is plenty to see and do for all lovers of rock and roll music.

Memphis, Tennessee – There are few locations where the musical history is so palpable. Beale Street is perhaps the most famous musical street in America, and Memphis is known for gospel, soul and being the birthplace of rock and roll. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis all made their name in the city.

New York – New York is an amazing cultural melting pot, and remains so today. Buskers on the subway and city streets can be seen performing everything from classical medleys to hip hop and beatbox jams with a loop pedal and microphone. The city boasts clubs and bars to suit almost every music taste.

Vienna, Austria – Vienna is the undisputed capital of classical music and has been home to Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Haydn and so many more influential composers. The beautiful city is littered with parks and venues which proudly show the musical history of this stunning city. If you plan to see a classical performance in your lifetime, be sure to make Vienna top of the bucket list.

London, England – It is little surprise that two English cities make the list. Great Britain is a country that is known for a history of influential music movements, from punk rock to electronica. Whether you visit the famous Ronnie Scotts jazz venue, take a trip to Abbey Road studios or just check out some of the best buskers in the world in London’s underground system, there is something in this city for everyone to fall in love with.

Berlin, Germany – For a glimpse of the future in terms of music, Berlin is a city for music lovers, especially those with a love of technology and electronic genres of music. The clubs in Berlin are known all round the world, and whether you like pounding techno music or think that it is the worst thing imaginable, the technology centered music scene is fascinating.

About the Author: Ben is a musician and blogger from the UK who writes about music production, technology and equipment at subreel.com.

First time in Koh Samui: All You Need To Know

This is a first timer’s guide to the journey to Koh Samui. All you need to know about this cool destination and Thai island will be founded right here. Keep on reading to learn some simple tips and discover the most common secrets about one of the most relaxing and meditating places on the planet.

Weather

Perhaps the first thing that interests foreigners about another country is the weather. The nature in Koh Samui is fantastic. It’s reminds of a real fairy-tale full of surprises and wonders. Here the weather is mostly dry and the air is clean. You’ll fall in love with the tender sunny mornings and mysterious evening sunsets.

It’s an exotic destination with long sandy beaches, huge palm trees all around, deep jungles and woods as well as green mountains and rocks. For those who dream of an unforgettable rest and peaceful vacation Koh Samui has everything to offer.

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Thanks to the variety of activities, everyone finds something really cool according to their interests. It’s warm in Koh Samui all year round. The best months for holidays are of course, summer months but you can travel there whenever you want. Late December to April is generally accompanied by little rain.

From May to September there’s plenty of sun with little rain.  October and November are the rainiest months. The time you choose to spend there, depends on the type of your vacation and expectations.

Prices and Rentals in Koh Samui

The second important thing for you to know is the price tag and rentals in Koh Samui. Compared to the north of Thailand here the prices are more expensive and local food here is more limited. You can find many vegetarian and organic restaurants as well as European/American eateries.

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Many places charged a premium for the lovely views that’s why both hotels and restaurants are more expensive than in other parts of Thailand. Prices can vary according to your choice. Of course, there are affordable hotels, hostels and resorts but one may stay breathless seeing some of the most luxurious villas.

Locals and Transport

They say that Thai people are smiley and very warm. Here you meet smiles everywhere that’s why some call is a smiley country. However, according to many visitors locals in Koh Samui are not that friendly, but the services offered by hotels are just great. You can learn a lot from locals about their culture, traditional and cuisine, which is a fantastic experience for anyone who visits an Asian country for the first time. As for the transportation, you will need a vehicle wherever you stay in Koh Samui.

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There isn’t much of a public transport system. Instead you may find only taxis but be careful with those taxi drivers as the majority is liars. The most convenient means of transportation in Thailand is a scooter. It’s recommended to carefully consider the information about the villages and beaches of the island before booking a hotel. Take into account not only facilities but also the service and your plan of activities.

Beaches

Between the most popular beaches in Koh Samui you’ll get the opportunity to spend your time on MaeNam Beach, Bophut Beach, the Fishing village, Big Buddha Beach, Choeng Mon Beach, Chaweng Beach, Crystal Bay / Tongtakian, Lamai Beach etc. Although MaeNam Beach is a popular beach but it’s not going to impress you much.

The water is usually very cloudy, making snorkelling impossible. Bophut Beach, on the other hand is a beautiful place but not the most beautiful beach you can see in Koh Samui. Big Buddha Beach is very similar to Bophut. It’s also close to one of the most important attractions of Koh Samui – Big Buddha, which surely worth a visit. Choeng Mon Beach is breathtaking place with lots of restaurants and shops. Chaweng is the most popular and attractive beach.

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It’s an ideal place for lovers of nightlife and active day life. Lamai is the second most popular beach. Not far from Lamai you will enjoy the stunning view of waterfalls, and take part in a variety of activities. Finally, Crystal Bay / Tongtakian is considered as the most beautiful beach on this island.

Author Bio

Sandra is a travel addictive that loves writing about the places she is exploring. Her bucket list includes to visit all the continents and as many unique places as possible around the world.

*All images are supplied by Guest Author

What? Driving To Work Is Damaging My Health?!

Yes, that’s right: driving to work damaging your health. And not just in the clichéd way, either. Sure, it is obvious that there are healthy ways to get to work, but driving also affects other aspects of your life. Most people don’t know this, and that is just one reason you need to think about leaving the car at home. It might not be easier, but your body will thank you in the long run. If you aren’t sure how driving damages your health, take a look at the following.

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Beep Beep – Get Out Of The Way!

Road rage is not a one off for most people. In fact, studies show that the average person suffers from road rage on a regular basis. Okay, letting off steam is a good thing. The problem is that you don’t let off steam – you just get more stressed. And that is the important thing to remember. Driving is without a doubt a stressful activity, especially when you are commuting to work. The roads are jammed with traffic and you don’t want to be late. The result: you start to stew. Stress is a killer, silent but deadly, and you want as little of it on your life as possible.

No I’m Not In A Mood

Usually, people that say ‘I’m not in a mood’ are almost definitely in a mood. And yes, you guessed it, drivers tend to be moodier than any other commuters. As you fill your body with stress, you are affecting more than your health. Although you don’t know it yet, you are also affecting your personal relationships. Any person that is stressed is not going to be good to be around. And, that can make you the moody pariah of the group. It might not seem like much, but it is detrimental to your mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and driving affects both negatively in equal measure.

The Daily Workout

Obviously, sitting in a car for up to one hour is not good for your body. People’s posture is generally not right and the only muscles working are your feet. A healthy person wants to work everything from their muscles to their cardiovascular system, and you can if you ditch the car. With a bicycle, you can get your daily dose of exercise on the way to work. Just make sure you have bicycle insurance because riding to work can be dangerous. As long as you stay safe, you can kill two birds with one stone. Can you almost feel yourself getting fitter and healthier?

Risk – What Risk?

There are people that think riding to work is dangerous, especially if you need insurance. The truth is that there is an element of danger, but that is true of a car. Just because you are sat behind the wheel doesn’t mean you are in control. After all, car crashes happen more often than any other crash. Plus, you have the added benefit of breathing in carbon monoxide fumes.

As you can see driving to work is damaging your health and it is time you stopped. Walking or riding is much healthier and much more beneficial overall.

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog